European leaders, survivors mark Auschwitz liberation 70 years later – without Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin won't be among other leaders Tuesday remembering when the Soviet army entered Auschwitz 70 years ago. Putin's absence comes amid a deep chill between Russia and the West over the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine.

By , Associated Press

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When the Soviet army entered Auschwitz exactly 70 years ago, finding piles of corpses and prisoners close to death, a Russian soldier took a small and hungry 11-year-old girl into his arms and rocked her tenderly, tears coming to his eyes.